A new trend is emerging around the Muslim world, where women are opting to cover their hair and wear a head scarf for religious reasons.
While the hijab, or head scarf, is traditionally worn by a woman to cover the hair, many young women are now also choosing to wear the hijab for social and political reasons, including for religious and cultural reasons.
The hijab has been worn by women around the globe since ancient times.
Now, as a growing number of young women around Europe, North America, Asia and Australia are embracing it for its religious and political value, it has gained new momentum, according to research conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
The study, titled “Hijab and the Muslim World,” found that, among young women in the European Union, 40 percent of those who had ever worn the hijab in their life were not wearing it today.
In addition, the hijab was worn by 27 percent of women aged 18 to 29 in the same age group in the United States.
But among those women who have worn the veil in their lives, the percentage of women who were not using the hijab has declined by a quarter.
This trend has been on the rise among young Muslims in Europe, which are the most likely demographic to have had the hijab taken off, according a recent Pew Research Center survey.
The research, which was published in the journal International Communication, showed that the number of hijab-wearing women in Europe grew by 1.5 percent from 2011 to 2016, to 3.4 million.
It also found that women were less likely to be wearing the hijab when they lived in Europe than when they were living in the Middle East, South America and Asia.
“This has been a long time coming, but it is getting there,” said one of the researchers, David R. R. Brown, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at Columbia University.
The number of European Muslims who have embraced the hijab and other Islamic religious symbols is growing.
In 2015, about 70 percent of the European Muslims in the ECRFR study identified as Muslim, while about 22 percent identified as Sunni.
About half of those young Muslims were Muslim-Christian, while the remaining two-thirds identified as Christian.
The ECRF researchers found that more young Muslims have embraced Islam than at any point in their young lives.
Of the young Muslim men surveyed, 61 percent said they had grown up with a Muslim family member or friend.
Among young Muslim women, 65 percent said their family had grown close to Islam.
More than two-third of Muslim women in France and Germany who have a Muslim father are now in their 20s.
In England, Muslim women have become the second-largest group of women in their families, after Christian women, the EFR report found.
In a study of young Muslim students at the University of Oxford, which conducted the study, 40 to 60 percent of them identified as Muslims, compared with just 13 percent of their non-Muslim peers.
The study also found a marked shift in attitudes about the hijab among Muslim students.
While half of Muslim students said that wearing the veil was “not necessary,” among Muslim women who do wear the veil, the number jumped to 72 percent, up from 56 percent.
Among Muslim women aged 20 to 24, 65 to 75 percent said wearing the headscarf is “necessary,” compared with a slightly lower number of 65 percent among Muslim men.
This finding was reflected in the questionnaires, which showed that Muslim women are much more likely to wear a scarf to cover one’s hair than their nonmuslim peers.
In 2016, 57 percent of Muslim female students at Oxford University said they used the hijab to cover part or all of their hair, compared to only 32 percent of non-muslim female students.
Among non-Muslims, 55 percent of female Muslim students and 46 percent of male Muslim students surveyed said they wore a hijab.
“A lot of young Muslims, especially young women, are now finding that it’s a symbol of who they are and their faith,” Rufayeh Al-Razzaq, a senior researcher at the EBRF, said.
“They’re choosing to show their individuality in ways that they might not have done before.”
The report found that Muslim communities in North America are growing, too.
The proportion of Muslims in North American communities who said they are practicing Muslim, including the Islamic faith, has risen from 25 percent in 2009 to 36 percent in 2016, according the ECHRF.
In North America’s largest Muslim community, Quebec, the proportion of nonmusulati Muslims increased from 5 percent to 9 percent over the same period.
“In a lot of communities, people are not saying they’re practicing Muslims, they’re not saying, ‘Oh, I’m a Muslim,'” Al-Salaam said.
The growing number and acceptance of the hijab reflects growing support for the idea of Muslims as a nation and people of diverse faiths.
“The hijab is an important part of our history,